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White House: New PCAST report says "systems engineering" can improve healthcare

On May 29, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a report to President Barack Obama that identifies a comprehensive set of recommendations, including the implementation of systems engineering, to address cost and quality challenges in healthcare. 

An exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition
/uploadedImages/SHSNew/Flexsim Healthcare.jpgSponsored by FlexSim Software Products Inc.

Entries are now being accepted for the SHS Student Simulation Competition. Gather a team of four students to solve a "real-world" healthcare situational case study using FlexSim's simulation software. Your team could win the first place prize of $2,500!

Each team will have approximately nine weeks to develop its solution for preliminary judging. Three teams will be chosen to compete in the finals in Orlando, Fla., at the Healthcare Systems Process Improvement Conference, Feb. 18-20, 2015. The winning team will be announced at the conference. Each of the three finalist teams will receive $1,250 for travel to the finals, complimentary conference registration, certificates and cash awards.

Entry forms for the fall session of the competition are due no later than Sept. 30. Don't miss this chance to show off your skills and reap the "awards."

For more details about the competition and entry parameters, go to the simulation competition Web page.

What's the difference between 'cost' and 'cost'? 

Virtually everybody, from CMS to veteran muckraker Steven Brill, argues that healthcare costs are too high— but which costs are they really talking about? It's often hard to tell. After cracking his dusty business school textbooks and making the rounds of his finance experts, Michael Koppenheffer can tell you for certain what the problem is: People are talking about no fewer than six different types of "costs." Michael Koppenheffer outlines these six types of costs in an infographic.

Predictive analytics for employee retention

 Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare had a nurse retention problem. Between 80 percent and 90 percent of the system's nurses left within the first year, and a growing number were leaving before the 90-day mark. 

 Practice Fusion Launches Free, Real-Time Database

Cloud-based electronic health record vendor Practice Fusion has launched a continuously updated database of de-identified patient information. 

Apple reveals newest app. Could it change healthcare?

After months of anticipation, Apple recently unveiled its new health app — its cloud-based information platform known as "HealthKit," and a slew of new partnerships with Epic Systems, Mayo Clinic and a number of other hospitals.  

ASCO to help cancer docs evaluate treatment value

The American Society of Clinical Oncology's algorithm to help oncologists evaluate the clinical benefits, side effects and costs of a cancer drug or therapy will be fine-tuned over the summer and should be available for public comment by the fall, said Dr. Lowell Schnipper, chair of the society's Value in Cancer Care Task Force. 

Online Reviews Could Help Fix Medicine

The University of Utah was the first healthcare system to post reviews from patients online — the good, the bad, the ugly. Think of it as Yelp for doctors. This sort of transparency can be stressful for doctors — as it would be for anyone whose performance is open to the public — but the positive effects are undeniable.  

Member Recognition

Muhanad Hirzallah  Susan Seidensticker  Charles DeBusk    Rudy2 
Muhanad Hirzallah, Ph.D. Susan Seidensticker Charles DeBusk Rudy Santacroce
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SHS NEWSLETTER

SHS NewsletterJuly 2014

The July 2014 edition of the SHS Newsletter features a report recently released by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) to President Barack Obama that identifies a comprehensive set of recommendations, including the implementation of systems engineering, to address cost and quality challenges in healthcare. Introduced for the first time are the entry details and prize monies for an exciting new SHS Student Simulation Competition sponsored by FlexSim! Also you will find articles on a continuously updated database of de-identified patient information launched by Practice Fusion, a cloud-based electronic health record vendor; nurse retention; online reviews to help fix medicine; and the six types of healthcare "costs." Four SHS members are also recognized for their achievements and professional milestones.

Read about FREE webinar on Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. Eastern time: "Quest for Healthcare Value: Combining DMAIC and ISO 9001."

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